Rachid Yazami is a Moroccan scientist, engineer, and inventor. He is best known for his critical role in developing battery technology, especially the graphite anode (negative pole) for lithium batteries, and his research on fluoride ion battery. This technology offers a better battery life.
He has been awarded over 20 patents in addition to numerous awards, such as France’s Legion d’Honneur. Yazami was voted one of Fortune magazine’s most influential people in technology.
He was the youngest of three children. His father, Brahim Yazami, had an interest in science and technology that motivated his children to continue pursuing their education professionally in science and engineering. He went on to be a professor of biochemistry at the University of Marrakech, where he led many groundbreaking research projects. His son, Rachid Yazami, named him “Father of Lithium-Ion Batteries. “
Yazami was inspired by his father’s work in biochemistry to study topics related to chemistry. He received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Marrakech. He then pursued advanced studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers (ENSM) in Paris, where he earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering.
Yazami maintains a research laboratory at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the author of several books on lithium-ion batteries and other topics in applied science.
Yazami is also an inventor of various patents in lithium-ion battery manufacture, battery safety, and rechargeable battery materials. His inventions could be a turning point in the future of the electric vehicle. He received France’s Legion d’Honneur award for his work with lithium-ion batteries in 2004. Yazami is also known for inventing the graphite anode in lithium-ion batteries. His research team at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has received two awards at WIPO’s International Intellectual Property Conference (WIPO/CIP), in Geneva, Switzerland, for their intellectual contributions.
Yazami has published more than 50 articles and published 13 books on various subjects, including lithium-ion batteries, graphite anodes, and other types of batteries.
Rachid Yazami is also a principal scientist at Nanyang Technological University. He continues his research on various applications in lithium batteries, lithium into graphite, and battery chemistry.